Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD, has launched an updated mental health support leaflet for children and young people.
This leaflet will raise awareness, signpost and provide details of several HSE funded national organisations that provide various mental health supports and services to children, young people and their families around the country. Details of these services and more are also available on www.yourmentalhealth.ie or by calling 1800 111 888.
The leaflet, initially launched last year, was the result of a collaboration between the Department of Health and the Department of Education, with assistance from the HSE, and was circulated to 4,000 schools around the country. The Department of Education will distribute the updated leaflet to all schools and make it available both electronically and in hard copy so that it is accessible to as many children, young people, teachers and parents as possible.
Minister Butler said, “we must take every opportunity to promote the mental health services and supports that are available to children and young people in our communities. There are so many voluntary and community organisations providing invaluable supports to children, young people and their families across the country. I am delighted that this updated leaflet will be available again and I hope it will help children and young people reach out and find the supports that they need.”
“I am particularly pleased to come together again with colleagues in the Department of Education to ensure that this information is being made available to school communities. The updated leaflet will also be available online to download for those working with young people in colleges, universities and youth organisations.”
In welcoming the leaflets, the Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, stated, “I am delighted to work with my colleague Minister Butler to support the mental health and wellbeing of our young people. I look forward to continued collaboration with the Department of Health on the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing for all of our children and young people.”